A French ormolu-mounted parcel-gilt ebony and ebonised centre table
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A French ormolu-mounted parcel-gilt ebony and ebonised centre table

BY G. SERVANT AND EMILE HÉBERT, CIRCA 1878

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A French ormolu-mounted parcel-gilt ebony and ebonised centre table
By G. Servant and Emile Hébert, Circa 1878
Surmounted by a rectangular Saint-Jean marble top with rounded corners, above a frieze centred to the front and back by a plaque with a mythological scene, inscribed E.H. SC, bearing the inscription BARBEDIENNE, supported by four Assyrian bearded men playing the flute, joined by an 'H'-shaped stretcher, centred by a classical vase, on six cylindrical feet
31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 43 in. (109 cm.) wide; 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) deep
Literature
The Illustrated Catalogue of the Paris International Exhibition, 1878, p.64.
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Lot Essay

The design for this table was exhibited at the 1878 Paris Great Exhibition and is illustrated in The Illustrated Catalogue of the 1878 Paris International Exhibition, p. 64, which reads M. Servant, a renowned ebeniste of Paris, maintains the high rank he has long held among the foremost cabinet-makers of France. The table is descibed as ...a classical Table supported by four figures of flute musicians, an adapted copy from the original in the British Museum... It largely aids the Exhibition by works that claim supremacy in the art of which M. Servant is a leading professor.

The two gilt-bronze plaques are signed E.H. SC. which stands for Emile Hébert Sculptor. Born in Paris in 1828, the son of Pierre Hébert, Pierre-Eugène-Emile studied both with his father and Feuchère. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1849. His great interest for the early civilisations was reflected in his work: not only does the present table feature Assyrian figures, but Hébert also sculpted figures of Sémiramis, reine d'Assyrie (1874), Méphistophélès (1853), Egyptienne, Thétis debout and Bellérophon.

An identical table, with a different marble top, was sold, Sotheby's London, 26 February 1999, lot 205.
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